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Recipes for the Big Game – Plus Free Printable!

As the biggest playoff game of the football season approaches, it’s time to start planning a party. But not just any party. A party that takes place primarily in front of a TV.  Yikes! What’s a hostess to do?

The first thing to remember about hosting a game-day party is to make sure there’s plenty of seating for everyone. Decorations are optional. Beverages are important. But food, well that’s what this post is all about.

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1 Individual 7-Layer Dip Cups via Spend With Pennies
2 Crab Cake Sliders via Jessica Burns
3 BBQ Crockpot Meatballs via Sweet C’s Designs
4 Stuffed Mushrooms via Beans
5 Crock Pot Asian BBQ Chicken Wings via Stephanie Cooks
6 Stout Cupcakes via All Parenting

If truth be told, half the fun of watching “the big game” is the feast. You can do it up in grand fashion (think catered affair) or in a low-key way (think chips and dips). But what we wanted to share with you today are ways to make your spread colorful, interesting, and delicious, too!

The secret tip for hosting the perfect big-game party is to make all your food available in individual, easy-to-pick-up portions. No cutting. No scooping. No slicing. No dicing. To help make your menu planning easier, our editors have assembled some of their favorite recipes to share with you today. Included is a nice variety of choices, from fairly traditional to crockpot/slow cooker friendly and even vegetarian. As for the fun cupcake dessert, add your own cute flag by clicking here for a free printable. Then just cut out each entire two-sided flag, fold on the dotted line, wrap around a toothpick, and either glue or tape together.

Choose which dishes work best for your crowd—and may your favorite team win!

 

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January 2015 Desktop Wallpaper & Letter From the Editor

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2015 is a new chapter in the story of our lives.  We can fill in the pages however we choose.  It’s a good time to ask yourself, when was the last time you did something for the first time?  It was easy to have lots of first times when we were younger–first steps, first day at school, first kiss, first job, first apartment.  As we get older, we have to look a little harder to create new first times for ourselves.

Author Jack London said “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”  So let’s go after more—more laughter, more adventures, more creating, more fun, more trips, more sleep, more real food, more kindness, more love.  This new year can be the beginning of anything you want.

You can wish your friends and family a year of new beginnings with our Blue Mountain “New Year Wishes” card, a beautiful and scenic trip through the seasons.  They may also enjoy celebrating New Years around the world, from Sydney, to St.Petersburg, to Paris and London and on to New York City, with our “World of Wishes” card.

However you celebrate, let’s promise to hug the ones we love and make sure they always know how much they mean to us.

Happy New Year!
Caroline Martlew, Senior Editor

Caroline


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Thanksgiving Printable! (place setting cards)

Thank goodness for Thanksgiving! We all get so caught up in the daily busy-ness of life that it’s easy to sideline what matters most, which is why Thanksgiving is so special. It makes us stop and take note of what truly matters in our lives. That’s why we created these special printables for you to cut out and set at each place-setting on your Thanksgiving table. There are four different art styles to choose from. Simply decide which style you like best and click on the link under the image to download and print your cards!

As guests arrive, point them to their place setting and invite them to fill out what they’re thankful for as they mingle and enjoy appetizers or cocktails. Then, whether you decide to do it as part of the blessing, before the meal, or afterwards, go around the table and have everyone share what they wrote. Hearing all the many reasons for which people are grateful reminds us to cherish all we have and, more importantly, who we have to share it with.

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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks…and enjoying each other’s company. Traditionally, we do that around a bountiful table of delicious, traditional foods and desserts. This year, as a treat, the foodies at Blue Mountain thought it would be fun to share some recipes with you. But not just any recipes. They’re a slightly unusual—but decidedly tasty—twist on the classic Thanksgiving dishes everyone tends to make year after year. We hope you’ll give these fabulous options a try! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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1. Cornbread, Bacon, Leek & Pecan Stuffing via Martha Stewart

2. Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy via Food & Wine

3. Sweet Potato Tater Tots via Super Glue Mom

4. Cognac Cranberry Sauce via Tablespoon

5. Crispy Baked Parmesan Green Bean Fries via Dashing Dish

6. Caramelized Phyllo & Pumpkin Marshmallow Napoleons via Baking Obsession

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Thanksgiving Craft Roundup

Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, and as you pack up your Halloween decorations, the Thanksgiving decor is probably making its debut. If you need a little Thanksgiving craft inspiration, we have it right here, from one of our very own Blue Mountain family members!

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1. Autumn Wreath
2. Painted Acorn
3. Pom Pom Flowers
4. Family Turkey painted pumpkin
5. Thanksgiving Table Runner
6. Pumpkin Pom Pom Garland

Alison Osborn is an art director here at BlueMountain.com, and when she’s not creating beautiful eCards, she loves to make her own beautiful ProfilePicworks of art for her home. After seeing some amazing Halloween decorations, we had to have her share what she’s been working on for Thanksgiving. To learn more about Alison, click here, and you can see more of her crafts on Pinterest!

 

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Celebrate November!

November is here, and there’s so much to be thankful for! We love November for so many reasons – crisp weather, hot chocolate, family, friends, and of course, Thanksgiving! We’d like to share a little something with you in celebration of November. We’ve designed a beautiful piece of artwork that you can download for your desktop background, your phone background, or even your Facebook cover image. Enjoy!

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Letter from the Editor – Welcome November!

“November brings a harvest of memories,
reminding our hearts what matters most.”

Ah, November– when the brooding autumn skies are filled with parting birds, as we brace ourselves for the inclement weather ahead.  Many of us are moving indoors now, where our homes become cozy retreats, filled with eiderdown comforters, spiced warm cider and toasty fires.  November days are short but full, as we ready the house for the holidays and make our plans for Thanksgiving.

At Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally turn to what matters most–not the things we’ve acquired along the way–but rather the moments, memories, and experiences shared with the people we love.  For some of us, Thanksgiving will be a bittersweet time.  As we look around our table this year, a familiar face may be missing.  We honor their memory by gathering together with grateful hearts.  We remind ourselves there are things we take for granted that others are praying for.

This year, we’ve created an especially warm collection of Thanksgiving eCards for you to spread the love and gratitude among your family and friends.   You can watch as woodland animals fill a cornucopia to the lovely music, “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”  We think you’ll also enjoy our hand-lettered “Three Wishes,” and you won’t want to miss our charming Golden Lab delivering your message “Across the Miles.” Want to share a smile?   Send our talking pilgrim dogs to speak what you type or check out “Where’s the Turkey?” and discover where the turkeys hide.

However you celebrate this year, may joy and love be present at your table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Caroline Leech, Senior Editor
Caroline

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Printable Halloween Cards

When getting ready for Halloween, what do most people think of first? Probably costumes, candy, and decorations. (Psst, for some really fun home and yard decorating ideas, click here.) But Halloween is also a great time to send some boo-tiful cards to let others know you’re thinking of them. Wouldn’t it be fun if you could actually customize them yourself to create exactly what you’d like?

Now you can!

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Blue Mountain has a whole collection of Printable Cards that you can personalize and print from the comfort of your own home.  It’s easy. It’s fast. And it’s a wonderful way to make the card’s design and message your own—which is why our Printable Halloween Cards are so perfect for the occasion.

In fact, designing your own Halloween cards is a really creative, fun-filled, rainy-day craft project you can do with your kids or grandkids!

The process is actually very simple. Just go to BlueMountain.com and let the little one in your life pick the card they like best.  Next, click on “Personalize and print your project.”

This is where the fun begins! With your help, let your child add text that includes their own message…in their own words. Add art from a variety of graphics that act just like stickers.  Add photos that you’ve got stored on your computer, phone, or camera. And then add fun frames available in many different shapes and sizes. (You can always preview your masterpiece before finalizing anything.)

Once your child is happy with their card, just press “Print” and there you have it! A personalized card your child can give or mail to someone very special in their life. (That could even be you!)

Of course, we also have many other cards that are suitable for any age, as well as party invitations for that frightfully delightful event you have planned. So go ahead, have fun…and Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Playlist!

We’re really getting in the Halloween spirit this week! Decorations are going up, costumes are being planned, and everyone is starting to buzz with Halloween energy. And while we’ve been decorating and munching on candy corn, we’ve been listening to a lot of Halloween-inspired music. We thought we would put a few of our favorite spooky favorites in a playlist to share. Enjoy!

 

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